“Good fences make good neighbors.” – Robert Frost
We believe Robert Frost’s quote concerning good fences and good neighbors may be true. Privacy is the number one reason to put up a fence.
After a long day at work, an outdoor oasis where you can meditate, read a book, or enjoy a glass of wine becomes very important. The last thing you want to deal with when you enter this oasis it to have someone’s dog barking at you or for neighbors to interfere with your peace and quiet. There are also many other reasons for putting up a fence – to mark your property, create security, and to provide freedom for children and pets to roam in safety.
Total or partial privacy, marking property lines, security, and safety for children & pets are all important, however it is also important to choose the right type of fence. While making decisions be sure to take aesthetics, maintenance, and cost into consideration as well.
List of Fence Types
While picket fences may not provide total privacy, it does set boundaries while also allowing you to have a view beyond your fence. A picket fence will also allow your children and pets to roam with out wondering off.
While wooden picket fences do require some maintenance, vinyl fences keep their pristine look without need of paint or staining.
There are different types of privacy fences including vinyl, board on board, stockade, and the combination of privacy fence and shrubs.
Vinyl fencing is considered the best type of privacy fencing as there is no maintenance required and it lasts a lifetime. It is also five times stronger than wood, which allows it to better withstand strong wind and rain.
A more affordable choice of privacy fencing is Board on Board and Stockade. Both are good choices. Board on Board overlaps the boards alternating one in and one out within a pattern. Stockade is a simple fence with boards that fit tightly together and are pointed at the top. Both types of privacy fences reduce noise and wind in your yard, providing you with the privacy and security you may desire.
Lattice is a nice choice for fencing as it creates privacy while also acting as a trellis for climbing roses, clematis, and vines. The holes within lattice fencing also allow light to come through which can be quite cheerful. This type of fencing may need some maintenance and will have to be replaced over time.
Wrought Iron Fence
These fences are elegant and sturdy. While they are usually considered for the front yard, there is no reason why one shouldn’t consider it for the backyard as well. There is some maintenance required as they do need a fresh coat of paint to keep the rust away.
If you have an old home, a stone fence would be lovely. You may even want to use jagged pieces of stone in old-world-style. Consider alternating mortared stone columns with wrought iron fencing.
This type of fence uses horizontal wooden boards in conjunction with diagonal boards to create a triangle pattern. You may consider attaching wire mesh inside the fence to keep pets in and unwanted critters out.
Split Rail Fence
This type of fencing is found on larger properties as they offer a classic, cost-effective way to create a border.
Metal Sheet Fence
This can be a modern choice within an urban setting. Use ferns and flowers to soften up your space.
Creative ways to personalize fences and add interest…
- Contrasting Panels – Place contrasting panels, such as lattice panels, on top of other types of fencing.
- Window Niche – Have your contractor create a window box within your fence. This adds interest within your somewhat boring privacy fence. It creates a niche upon which you may place a plant or window box.
- Iron Gate – A privacy fence can sometimes look like a stockade. To prevent this and to have a little bit of a view, place an iron gate somewhere within your yard. This also adds a touch of elegance.
- Window – Have your contractor create a decorative window within your fence as a fun way to add interest. Tip: Visit an interesting antique shop and purchase a frame or architectural piece to put around the window.
Hire a Contractor
Putting up a sturdy fence is not as easy as it looks. To make sure your project is done correctly, be sure to hire a professional.
Whatever your reason for putting up a fence, whether it is for partial privacy, total privacy, safety for children and/or pets, or for security, we want your project to be done right. For a free consultation please call Tomer Amir 416-824-4426 or Tal Amir 647-885-4112, firstname.lastname@example.org .